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Chapter 15: after Manassas. How rumors came jubilation and revulsion anxiety for news the decisive charge an Austrian view the President's return his speech to the people the first train of wounded sorrow and consolation how women worked material and moral results of Manassas spoils and Overconfidence singular errors in public mind General belief in advance the Siesta and its dreams. By noon on the 2nd of July the quidnuncs found out that the President had left that morning, on a special train and with a volunteer staff, for Manassas. This set the whole tribe agog, and wonderful were the speculations and rumors that flew about. By night, certain news came that the battle had raged fiercely all day, and the sun had gone down on a complete, but bloody, victory. One universal thrill of joy went through the city, quickly stilled and followed by the gasp of agonized suspense. The dense crowds, collected about all probable points of information, were silent aft